2022-01-17: News Headlines

Deliver For Voting Rights (2022-01-17). Monday 1/17: MLK Day Peace Walk for Voting Rights in Washington D.C. w/ King Family (livestream). indybay.org Livestream of D.C. Voting Rights Event (recording to be available)…

Indivisible groups (2022-01-17). Monday 1/17: Voting Rights Now! MLK Holiday Virtual Action Rally w/ Indivisible. indybay.org Virtual rally and online actions for voting rights…

Vijay Prashad (2022-01-17). Is the West determined to starve the people of Afghanistan? greenleft.org.au Afghanistan is facing a worsening humanitarian crisis, writes Vijay Prashad.

Staff (2022-01-17). New move in Ukrainian clampdown on Russian language. rt.com New publishing law does not recognize Russian as native language in country | Russian-language media in Ukraine will now be forced to publish a secondary version in the country's official tongue under a new law that selectively bans "foreign" language publications that don't come with a translation. | According to the law, which was passed in 2019 but came into force on Sunday, all print media must publish a Ukrainian version on the same day, with the same name, content, and volume. | Despite Russian being a common mother tongue in much of Ukraine and predominant in many cities in both the east and south of th…

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Kremlin on US Threats of 'Sharp Pain' Over Ukraine: Russia Considering Various Scenarios. sputniknews.com US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland announced Saturday that the US had prepared 18 scenarios to respond to hypothetical Russian 'aggression' over Ukraine, saying the conversation between the US and its allies has been about "inflicting very sharp pain very fast if Russia makes this move in any form".

Staff (2022-01-17). China makes Winter Olympics decision amid new Covid fears. rt.com China will not sell tickets to the general public to attend the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing | China has canceled plans for the public sale of 2022 Winter Olympics tickets, with only invited groups set to be allowed to watch the action in person at February's Games in Beijing. | With foreign fans

Staff (2022-01-17). Who is Biden's unblinking chief negotiator on Russia & Ukraine? rt.com Wendy Sherman has helped Democratic presidents negotiate now-failed deals with North Korea and Iran | Veteran US diplomat Wendy Sherman is the woman conveying Washington's messages about NATO expansion in Europe to Moscow — but the 'hard-nosed' negotiator was previously involved in sealing security deals with Pyongyang and Tehran. | Neither the Clinton-era Framework Agreement with North Korea nor the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) acted as the enduring restraints on nuclear proliferation that they were meant to be. | Who is Wendy Sherman? | The 72-year-old diplomat heading the US de…

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Wealth of 10 Richest Men Doubled During Pandemic, Incomes of 99% of Humanity Drop, Oxfam Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped doubling of fortunes of the world's ten richest people, who now are six times wealthier than the poorest 3.1 billion people, Oxfam, international charitable NGO, reported on Monday, ahead of the World Economic Forum's Davos from 17-21 January.

Staff (2022-01-17). 'Pandemic' mysteriously disappears. rt.com The digital board game 'Pandemic' has been pulled from all platforms, developers give no reason | Steam users have noticed that the digital board game version of 'Pandemic' had been pulled from the store without any explanation from the publisher. The game was also taken down from Google and Apple app stores. | The 'Pandemic' board game was delisted from Steam on January 6, with the game's store page saying it was removed "at the request of the publisher." The game still seems to be playable for Steam and mobile users who already bought it, however, new players cannot obtain the game. | The move has come witho…

Lynda Carson (2022-01-17). The Oath Keepers unfolding demise. indybay.org Mugshot of Elmer Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers:…

Staff (2022-01-17). Apple browser bug could lead to personal data leak. rt.com A vulnerability in the Safari 15 browser allows malicious programs to track people's internet activity and reveal their identity | A recently disclosed Apple Safari 15 bug can be used by nefarious sites to extract people's browsing history and obtain their Google ID to collect more personal data, a fraud detector reports. | The problem

Norman Solomon (2022-01-17). Ominous History in Real Time: Where We Are Now in the USA. indybay.org Choking on corporate power…

Staff (2022-01-17). One island becoming a Mecca for crypto millionaires. rt.com Bitcoin enthusiasts are flocking to Puerto Rico, thanks to tax breaks and an island lifestyle | The US territory of Puerto Rico has become the new hot destination for cryptocurrency entrepreneurs as it has crypto-friendly policies, including huge tax breaks to those who spend at least 183 days on the island each year. | US citizens can hold on to their American passports while not having to pay any taxes on capital gains. | "That's where all my friends are. I don't have one friend left in New York, and maybe the pandemic accelerated this, but every single one of them has moved to Puerto Rico," crypto entrepren…

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2022-01-17). Implementing Iran-China deal not to depend on Vienna talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 17 (MNA) — Chairman of Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said that the implementation of a 25-year deal between Iran and China does not depend on the outcome of the Vienna talks.

Newsclick (2022-01-17). Mapping Faultlines: Despite talks, yawning gaps remain between Russia and West. peoplesdispatch.org NewsClick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about the situation in Europe after three rounds of discussions around Ukraine and the demands Russia has put to NATO and the US failed to produce any breakthroughs…

Staff (2022-01-17). Poroshenko returns to Ukraine, faces prosecution for 'treason'. rt.com Ukraine's former president could be sent to jail after scheduled courtroom appearance | Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, declared wanted last month for a number of serious crimes, including high treason, has flown back to Kiev in time for a court hearing that could see him remanded in custody. | Poroshenko, who led Ukraine from 2014 to 2019, left the country last month around the same time a summons was issued for his interrogation. He is being investigated over his alleged involvement in the funding of separatist fighters in the Donbass, in eastern Ukraine, through the illegal sale of coal. This,…

Rick Rozoff (2022-01-17). British defense chief tells Putin to "Drop your Tsarist ambition to invade Ukraine" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Maybe if Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov would be a little nicer to the U.S. and NATO the West would become their friend. Surely it's only a slight misunderstanding. Drop your Tsarist ambition to invade Ukraine or face sanctions, Ben Wallace warns Vladimir Putin Ben Wallace has accused Vladimir Putin of Tsarist ambitions as he …

Rick Rozoff (2022-01-17). Denmark to provide ‚Ǩ22 million for Ukraine's showdown with Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Denmark will allocate 22 million euros to strengthen security sector of Ukraine Denmark will allocate 22 million euros to strengthen the security sector of Ukraine. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba wrote about this on Twitter. "Thank you, dear friend Jeppe Kofod (Danish Foreign Minister — ed.), for your timely visit proving …

Rick Rozoff (2022-01-17). British foreign secretary blasts Russia for "waging disinformation campaign intended to destabilise, justify invasion Ukraine" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Here's diplomacy and statesmanship at its most refined. Nothing in the least bit provocative and inflammatory about her accusation. As the greatest threat of war in Europe since the 1940s looms ever larger. British Foreign Secretary accuses Russia of disinformation aimed at justifying attack on Ukraine British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss believes that Russia launched …

Dancing in the Street Out in Front (2022-01-17). Whole Foods Protest on Bezos' Birthday. indybay.org On a national day of action to Support Amazon Workers, Raging Grannies, Vigil for Democracy, and Dance of Peace protested in the street in front of Whole Foods in Palo Alto.

Staff (2022-01-17). MLK Day Special: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words. democracynow.org Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, which he delivered at New York City's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, "I've Been to…

Deliver for Voting Rights (2022-01-17). Monday 1/17: MLK Day Deliver for Voting Rights Rally in Washington D. C. (livestream). indybay.org Online via livestream…

End Citzens United & Let America Vote (2022-01-17). Tuesday 1/18: Freedom to Vote: Phone Banking for Voting Rights w/ End Citizens United & Let America Vote. indybay.org Online/virtual action for voting rights…

Diversity, Equity,, Inclusion GRCC (2022-01-17). Tuesday 2/15: Voting Rights Speaker: Activist LaTosha Brown, Black Voters Matter. indybay.org Online event…

Indivisible groups (2022-01-17). Sunday 1/16: Voting Rights Now! MLK Weekend Virtual Action Rally w/ Indivisible. indybay.org Virtual rally and online actions for voting rights…

_____ (2022-01-17). The Turkic Military Alliance or Why has Ankara Accused Russia of Occupying Kazakhstan? journal-neo.org The January events in Kazakhstan and the CSTO's response proved to be a real litmus test of many countries' attitudes towards Russia and the regional balance of power in modern times. Turkey was no exception here, as it showed what was behind its active assurances to Russia and the Central Asian countries of "bona fide …

Nora Barrows-Friedman (2022-01-17). Podcast Ep 49: How UK activists closed an Israeli arms factory for good. electronicintifada.net We talk with Palestine Action members who did it.

_____ (2022-01-17). A Lesson in Source Studies or Did Kim Jong-il Really Invent Shawarma? journal-neo.org In early January, several media outlets ran a clickbait headline, "North Korea Claims Kim Jong-il Invented Shawarma." This fast-food dish is popular in post-Soviet countries. The statement about its North Korean roots immediately broke into negative comments about how North Korea is duping the people and making them believe that its top leaders have invented …

In Defense of Liberation! (2022-01-17). Our Revolution Can't Come in a Day: Organize, Build, and Fight for Tomorrow, Today! anchor.fm In this episode I try to put a lot of what's been on my mind into a cohesive discussion about yet again why we need to organize, why we need to get involved, and why we need to build. We have much to do and not a lot of time to do it! We must build a base in our community, connect with internationalists and organizations, and build together so we can strike a blow at the heart of this broken global system: Capitalism-Imperialism!

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2022-01-17). Did J. Edgar Hoover Order the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr? covertactionmagazine.com Powerful new evidence of a government-abetted conspiracy has prompted King family members to demand a reopening of the investigation into …

Joyce Chediac (2022-01-17). Hospital greed caused nurse shortage, not COVID-19. liberationnews.org Short-staffing is an intentional practice where hospitals don't schedule enough RNs to safely care for patients in order to increase hospital profits.

Nino Brown (2022-01-17). Boston students walk out to demand remote learning & stronger COVID safety. liberationnews.org Students across Boston walked out of their schools at 10: 30 a.m. on Jan. 14 in protest against unsafe learning conditions. Their demands align with the Boston Teachers Union — that state officials strengthen COVID-19 safety protocols and make remote learning an option.

Pavan Kulkarni (2022-01-17). Resistance against military coup in Sudan continues despite crackdown. peoplesdispatch.org Despite increasing violence by the security forces, the US and its regional and Western allies as well as the UN have been calling for a dialogue. However, "No Negotiation, No Compromise, No Power-sharing" remains the slogan on the streets…

Shabbir Manjee (2022-01-17). Killer cop Jason Van Dyke's early release sparks outrage. liberationnews.org The early release of Van Dyke is not only a failure of the justice system, but also a testament to the U.S. capitalist system's protection of their lethal and criminal police force.

Staff (2022-01-17). Venezuelan People & Army Deployed to Confront Colombian Paramilitary Violence in La Gabarra. orinocotribune.com The presence of Colombian paramilitary gangs since last Friday in La Gabarra, a town bordering Colombia in Venezuela's Apure state, has provoked an immediate reaction by the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) along with local residents, organized by the Simón Bolívar Socialist Communal City. The people and army have responded to the situation with the support of the mayor of Guasdualito, José María Romero, of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). | A group of about 50 men, referred to as Armed Terrorists Colombian Drug Traffickers (TANCOL), were reported on the Colombian side of the border, composed…

Staff (2022-01-17). 'Drone attack' kills three at Abu Dhabi airport. rt.com Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the strike | Three people were killed and six wounded in an apparent drone attack on Abu Dhabi on Monday, UAE police have said. Yemen's Houthi rebels have announced a strike "deep" in Emirati territory. | Three fuel trucks exploded in the industrial Mussafah area near storage facilities used by oil firm ADNOC, after which a "minor fire" broke out at a construction site at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the Emirati WAM news agency reported, citing police. | Preliminary investigation suggests that the blast and the fire were caused by a drone attack. | Poli…

_____ (2022-01-17). Dialogue of the Deaf in Geneva. strategic-culture.org Western politics today are no more about considered strategy: It is pretty evident that the U.S. team arrived at Geneva strategy-less. | A curious event occurred on Monday in Geneva. It seems that the only substantive outcome from the U.S.—Russia talks is that the U.S. has promised to provide a formal response to the earlier Russian demand for security guarantees within a week. The Russian counterparts outlined their own position unambiguously, and in full detail. This, however, was wholly disdained by the Biden Team, who, according to the Russians, were "diehard/stubborn". The Russian delegation was told t…

_____ (2022-01-17). Kishida and Morrison Sign the Japan-Australia Reciprocal Access Agreement. journal-neo.org On January 5, Reuters, citing Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, reported the signing of the so-called Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) with his Japanese counterpart Kishida. This event is certainly one of the most significant ones in the process of development of the political and strategic situation in the Indo-Pacific region. The November 2020 visit to Japan …

sputniknews (2022-01-17). 'Divine Miracle': Three-Eyed Calf Born in India Taken for Reincarnation of God Shiva. sputniknews.com Despite some Indian villagers link the birth of the animal to the reincarnation of Lord Shiva, widely mentioned in Hindu mythology for having a third eye in his forehead, a veterinary doctor disagreed with the comparison.

WSWS (2022-01-17). 32-year-old Ford Chicago Assembly Plant worker dies of COVID-19. wsws.org Caleb Dye's death was a preventable tragedy, under conditions in which management, the unions and the political establishment have allowed COVID to spread uncontrolled in workplaces and schools.

Staff (2022-01-17). Tornado destruye viviendas y deja varios heridos en la Florida. cubadebate.cu Un tornado tocó tierra en Fort Myers, al suroeste de Florida, con lo cual se emitió alerta para Miami-Dade y Broward. Hasta el momento se reportan heridos menores y alrededor de 16,000 clientes en el suroeste de Florida se han quedado sin electricidad.

Staff (2022-01-17). FAA reveals which planes can potentially withstand 5G interference. rt.com The US Federal Aviation Administration has cleared less than a half of the nation's commercial fleet | Some 45 percent of the US commercial fleet have been cleared for low-visibility landing at just over half of the airports most affected by 5G interference, the FAA said. | The aviation safety agency

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Experts doubt Biden's ability to keep U.S. businesses, schools open amid Omicron: The Guardian. ecns.cn While U.S. President Joe Biden has vowed to keep businesses and schools open, some experts wonder if that's possible given the high infectious nature of Omicron and the lack of adequate measures to combat it, The Guardian said in a recent report.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Xi stresses common development, win-win cooperation. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that different countries and civilizations may prosper together on the basis of respect for each other, and seek common ground and win-win outcomes by setting aside differences.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Xi addresses 2022 WEF virtual session. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping started to deliver a special address in Beijing to the 2022 World Economic Forum (WEF) virtual session.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Jacobin to teachers and kids: Back to death trap schools! wsws.org Jacobin magazine, associated with the Democratic Socialists of America, published an article calling for the end of remote instruction, demanding that students and teachers go back to schools where they will almost certainly be infected with a potentially deadly and debilitating disease.

San Francisco Public Library (2022-01-17). Wednesday 1/19: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts w/ author Rebecca Hall. indybay.org Online via Zoom or YouTube livestream…

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Beijing Winter Olympics bound to be a success: Laax Open event director. ecns.cn Donald Nader, the event director of the Laax Open snowboarding competition, said he is optimistic about the success of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.

Tom Engelhardt (2022-01-17). Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, An Epochal Decline in American Global Power. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Honestly, I wonder why (other than Covid-19) Americans aren't out in the streets protesting. Oh wait, given that we've just "celebrated" the anniversary of January 6th and our world is alive with talk of coming violence against the …

WSWS (2022-01-17). Novak Djokovic deported by Australian government terrified of public opposition to its "let it rip" COVID policies. wsws.org Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has unleashed a COVID tsunami over the past month, has absurdly claimed that the decision was motivated by the need to "keep Australia safe."

WSWS (2022-01-17). Thousands of airline workers out due to COVID-19 infections in the US. wsws.org Airlines cut thousands of flights due to worker illness and severe winter weather over the past two months.

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Queen Elizabeth II 'Won't Cave In' to Prince Harry's Demands for Police Protection – Media. sputniknews.com One source reportedly said that the Duke of Sussex's "demands for security in the UK have not been openly or widely discussed within the family" because that matter was "thought sorted two years ago".

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Sweden Investigates Drone Flights Over Nuclear Plants as 'National Incident'. sputniknews.com While no permit is required from the Swedish Transport Agency for lighter drones, they have to be flown within sight at a certain distance and not over protected objects, such as nuclear power plants.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Hostages released and suspect dead after 10-hour standoff in Texas. wsws.org British national Malik Faisal Akram was killed after the last of his four hostages was freed at a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Saturday.

WorkWeek (2022-01-17). SEIU Members On Death Of Ludwig Leota,Chicago Teachers/ Zero Covid vs Permanent Covid. indybay.org WorkWeek covers SEIU 1021 Members On Death Of Ludwig Leota, Chicago Teachers & Zero Covid vs Permanent Covid 19, Vermont AFL-CIO On Rise Of Fascism, Journalist Jeremy Portjo's Assault & Argentina General Strike Against A Mining Company.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Spanish scientists oppose PSOE-Podemos call to treat COVID-19 like the flu. wsws.org The Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government plans to ignore mass COVID-19 infections and deaths by treating it as an "endemic disease" similar to influenza.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2022-01-17). Mèxico_Chiapas: Familias zapatistas resisten, denuncian y convocan a la solidaridad. indybay.org Mèxico_Chiapas: Familias zapatistas resisten, denuncian y convocan a la solidaridad | Solidaridad sin fronteras con las luchas compañeras!

David Sirota (2022-01-17). "A Radical Revolution Of Values" dailyposter.com

sputniknews (2022-01-17). New Zealand, Australia Send Planes to Assess Tsunami Damage Following Tonga Volcano Eruption. sputniknews.com On Saturday, the eruption of the underwater Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano sparked tsunami alerts across the South Pacific.

WSWS (2022-01-17). This week in history: January 17-23. wsws.org This column profiles important historical events which took place during this week, 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 75 years ago and 100 years ago.

sputniknews (2022-01-17). North Macedonia's Parliament Elects New Prime Minister, Approves New Coalition Government. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Members of North Macedonian Parliament late Sunday voted for a new coalition government, with Dimitar Kovacevski, leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), elected as a new prime minister, national media reported on Monday.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Australian COVID-19 deaths continue to climb as governments claim Omicron is about to "peak" wsws.org Contrary to claims this is a "pandemic of the unvaccinated," most COVID-19 deaths in New South Wales were of fully vaccinated people.

Leonardo Flores (2022-01-17). 10 Reasons Almagro has to Go. orinocotribune.com By Leonardo Flores — Jan 14, 2022 | The Organization of American States (OAS) has never been a friend to the peoples of the Americas. This institution, ostensibly a space for multilateralism, has instead always been a tool for the U.S. Department of State. As Fidel Castro said in 1962, it is nothing but the U.S. Ministry of Colonies. That is truer now than ever before under the leadership of Secretary General Luis Almagro, who has been at the helm since March 2015. He is quite possibly the worst leader since the OAS was

WSWS (2022-01-17). Germany's health care workers' bonus—another insult to employees. wsws.org While companies have been handed tens of billions since the start of the pandemic, those in the medical wards who have risked their lives and health every day for more than two years get only pittances.

ERA Coalition, partners (2022-01-17). Thursday 1/27: #EqualityNow: Rally for Equal Rights Amendment in Washington D.C. (livestream & actions). indybay.org Livestream of D.C. rally & online actions…

Revolution Books (2022-01-17). Tuesday 1/25: Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South by Winfred Rembert. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Across the Pacific: Four facts speak out loud against China-U.S. 'decoupling'. ecns.cn New Year 2022 has dawned, but an old detrimental mentality about the "decoupling" of China and the United States perhaps continues to linger.

Fight Back (2022-01-17). Retail sales drop in December. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Friday, January 14, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported that retail sales dropped 1.9% in December 2021. This number was called "terrible" by economists, who expected a very slight drop of 0.1%. Since the retail sales report is not adjusted for inflation, sales discounting higher prices fell almost 2.5%. | Many news reports tried to blame the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, which began to surge in the United States in December. But online sales, which usually go up when people don't want to shop in stores because of the pandemic, fell a much sharper 8.7% in December, more than four times…

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Three Killed, Six Wounded After Fuel-Carrying Tankers Explode in Abu Dhabi – Videos. sputniknews.com Parts of what could be drones have been found at the scene, state news media reported, citing a source with the initial investigation.

Sarah Anderson (2022-01-17). Student Debt Cancellation Is a Racial Justice Issue. zcomm.org Presidential executive action to cancel up to $50,000 in student debts would increase Black wealth by 40 percent…

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Xi voices confidence in the future of China's economy. ecns.cn "We have every confidence in the future of China's economy," Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday.

Staff (2022-01-17). Germany shortens Covid natural immunity status. rt.com Immunity gained by infection will only be valid for 90 days | In new guidelines published by the Robert Koch Institute, Germans who have recovered from Covid-19 will only have immunity status for a period of 90 days, down from 180 days. | On Friday, the Robert Koch Institute, a federal agency responsible for disease control and prevention, published new guidance based on developments concerning the Covid-19 pandemic. | Under the new guidance, people previously infected with Covid-19 will only have immunity status for 90 days. The old rules stated that prior infection could be used as proof of immunity for 180…

Sara Kettler, edited (2022-01-17). 22nd Annual, Rosa Parks Day in California – County of Los Angeles. indybay.org Medical costs and the difficulties of working while ill pushed Parks and her family to the edge. In July 1960, Jet magazine described her as a "tattered rag of her former self — penniless, debt-ridden, ailing with stomach ulcers, and a throat tumor, compressed into two rooms with her husband and mother."

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Pakistani Prime Minister Thanks Putin for Empathy Toward Muslim Beliefs. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his understanding of the Muslims' sensitivity to offensive depictions of Prophet Muhammad in a phone conversation.

Ian Ellis-Jones (2022-01-17). US imposes travel bans on Cuban officials. greenleft.org.au The United States barred eight Cuban government officials from entering the country this month, accusing them of being implicated in the alleged repression of peaceful protests in July last year, reports Ian Ellis-Jones.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Australian childcare centres hit by COVID outbreaks. wsws.org Child care workers are among those confronting the highest risk of infection in their workplace.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Thousands attend mass funeral for Bronx fire victims. wsws.org WSWS reporters spoke with funeral-goers Sunday about the conditions that led to the deadly blaze.

Juan Cole (2022-01-17). Tonga's Volcanic Tsunami floods Capital, foreshadowing effects of Glacier Melt. zcomm.org As the world's surface ice melts and the oceans rise, that will put more pressure on the earth's crust, so we will see increased vulcanism, and more tsunamis. So get used to it…

Felix Dance (2022-01-17). How can we combat far-right pandemic populism? greenleft.org.au Given the shit show from government in response to the pandemic, it's little wonder the far right is trying to capitalise on the widespread and growing discontent. Felix Dance argues that workers, those who have kept people safe over the last two years, have to take a lead.

Lyynda Carson (2022-01-17). Internal peek into Oath Keepers after Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Building. indybay.org Mugshot of Elmer Stewart Rhodes founder of the Oath Keepers:…

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). 'Chinese Bridge' competition calls for entries. ecns.cn 2021 "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreigners across the Globe is now calling for entries.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Xi calls on world to follow logic of historical progress, ride tide of times. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called on the world to "move forward by following the logic of historical progress, and develop by riding the tide of development of our times."

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). China will present streamlined, safe, splendid Winter Games: Xi. ecns.cn President Xi Jinping on Monday voiced confidence that China will present a streamlined, safe and splendid Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to the world.

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Volcano Monitoring Ineffective in Detecting Deadly Hazards Like Indonesia 2018 Tsunami, Warns Study. sputniknews.com A tsunami wall of water up to four metres high was triggered around the Sunda Strait when the Indonesian island volcano Anak Krakatau collapsed in December 2018, with the mass sliding into the sea. More than 400 people died in the tragedy; some 7,000 were injured and nearly 47,000 were displaced from their homes.

Staff (2022-01-17). Covid kills poor as rich get richer — report. rt.com Oxfam says that the poor have died from vaccine inequality and a lack of access to treatment | Oxfam, a charity confederation, has said that while the wealth of the world's top 10 richest people has doubled during the pandemic, the poor around the globe continue to suffer due to a dearth of vaccines and treatment. | In a report published on Monday, Oxfam

WSWS (2022-01-17). Volcanic eruption in Tonga triggers tsunami warnings across the Pacific. wsws.org The volcanic eruption, described as the largest-ever recorded by satellite, has devastated Tonga and impacted countries across the Pacific.

sputniknews (2022-01-17). UK Households Facing 'Fuel Stress' May Treble After New Energy Cap in April, Warns Think Tank. sputniknews.com The next review of the energy price cap, affecting around 11 mln Britons paying standard or variable tariffs, set by energy regulator Ofgem, is coming in February, with potential changes to be introduced from 1 April. There have been concerns that the February price hike could be as high as 50% amid skyrocketing energy prices in the past months.

Todd Steiner (2022-01-17). New Marine Reserve Will Protect Highly Migratory and Endangered Species in Galapagos. indybay.org Ecuador will have a new marine reserve to increase the protection of marine endangered species in Galapagos. Of the new area, no fishing activity will be allowed in 30,000 square kilometers. The other 30,000 square kilometers will exclude longline fishing.

Michael Lyon (2022-01-17). Tuesday 1/18: Opportunities and Dangers for Medicare and Guaranteed Healthcare in California. indybay.org Zoom info: us02web.zoom.us/j/2880330680?pwd=VXlSdVB…. ID 288 033 0680 Password 131457. Phone in at 1-669 900 9128, then punch in 288 033 0680 and #, then 131457 and punch # again.

Dr. Martin Luther King (2022-01-17). Martin Luther King Day 2022: "One Day Children Will Ask… 'What is War' … ": A Message of Hope for 2022. globalresearch.ca Children from Alabama will ask: "What is racial segregation?" Children from Hiroshima will ask: "What is the atomic bomb?" Children at school will ask: "What is war?"

WSWS (2022-01-17). The effort to "delete" American novelist Norman Mailer. wsws.org There is no let-up in the campaign to discredit and, if possible, eliminate artistic figures, past or present, whose work does not conform to the outlook and interests of the gender- and race-obsessed upper middle class.

Staff (2022-01-17). 'Nazi salutes' at Covid protest investigated. rt.com A French minister has ordered a probe into the 'shocking' gestures made during a march against health passes | French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin instructed police to respond to alleged Nazi salutes at a health pass protest held by a presidential hopeful. The organizer denied the incidents occurred. | Darmanin tweeted a photo he said was taken "on the sidelines" of Saturday's march, organized by the right-wing Les Patriotes ('The Patriots', LP) party in Paris. The image appears to show protesters extending their arms in a manner similar to a Nazi salute. | Darmanin said he asked police to report the "ver…

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Russia's Envoy to OSCE Slams Blocking of Delegation's Facebook Page as 'Censorship'. sputniknews.com Earlier, the Facebook account of the Russian delegation at the talks in Vienna on military security and arms control was blocked following posts about security guarantees.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). China's resident nominal disposable income up 9.1 pct in 2021. ecns.cn China's per capita disposable income stood at 35,128 yuan (about 5,523 U.S. dollars) in 2021, up 9.1 percent year on year in nominal terms, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Monday.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Full Text: Special Address by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2022 World Economic Forum Virtual Session. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday delivered a special address to the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session.

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Amur Tiger Hit by Train in Russia's Khabarovsk Region, Local Authorities Say. sputniknews.com KHABAROVSK Russia (Sputnik) – An Amur tiger was killed by a train in the Khabarovsk Krai in Russia's Far East, the regional ministry of natural resources said on Monday.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Missouri hospitals and schools reel from staffing shortages. wsws.org Missouri students walked out in protest against the end of the state's mask mandate.

WSWS (2022-01-17). UK income inequality worsens during pandemic. wsws.org UK average earnings for full-time work fell between 2019 and 2021 and soaring inflation and utility prices are reducing wages and living standards further.

WSWS (2022-01-17). US and NATO escalation of conflict with Russia is leading to war. wsws.org The US and its European allies are on the precipice of plunging the world into a war with Russia of catastrophic proportions.

David Swanson (2022-01-17). Talk World Radio: Jared Ball: The Rebranding of MLK. warisacrime.org AUDIO: Talk World Radio is recorded as audio and video on Riverside.fm. Here is this week's video and all the videos on Youtube. VIDEO: This week on Talk World Radio we're talking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., media, activism, and related topics with Jared A. Ball, who is a Professor of Communication and Africana …

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2022-01-17). Briefing on Iran's daily developments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 17 (MNA) — The following are the Islamic Republic of Iran's latest developments in the last 24 hours.

Staff (2022-01-17). Prince Harry takes UK government to court. rt.com The Duke of Sussex has warned that he is "unable to return to his home" due to the Home Office's refusal of police protection | Prince Harry has filed a claim against the Home Office's decision to prevent him from paying for police protection for himself and his family while in the UK, saying it is currently too dangerous for them to return home. | The request for a judicial review into the decision by the UK government department was confirmed to the media by a legal representative for Prince Harry on Sunday, who argued that, currently, "with the lack of police protection comes too great a personal risk." | "

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Lunar halo seen in China's 'pole of cold'. ecns.cn Lunar halo is an optical phenomena that forms when moonlight passes through ice crystals suspended in cirrostratus clouds or fog. It is also known as moon ring or winter halo.

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Banker Brought in to Clean Up Credit Suisse's Image Resigns Over Breach of Covid Quarantine Rules. sputniknews.com Credit Suisse — the global investment bank and financial services giant headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has reeled from a series of scandals and poor investment decisions which put a major dent in its reputation and position on Wall Street's coveted bulge bracket listing of the world's largest and most profitable banks.

David Swanson (2022-01-17). Overthrowing Governments Is a Giant Failure. warisacrime.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, January 17, 2022 In a new, very U.S., very academic book by Alexander Downes called Catastrophic Success: Why Foreign Imposed Regime Change Goes Wrong, the immorality of overthrowing other people's governments cannot be found. The illegality of it seemingly does not exist. The fact that attempted overthrows often fail, …

WSWS (2022-01-17). Management-union collaboration ends àáimsata≈ü wildcat strike in Turkey. wsws.org The wildcat strike of metalworkers at the àáimsata≈ü factory in Mersin has been ended as a result of management-union collaboration.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Answers needed on how to beat pandemic, build post-COVID world: Xi. ecns.cn Answers must be given to major, urgent questions of how to beat the pandemic and how to build…

Michael Albert (2022-01-17). Marxism Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. zcomm.org To highlight past words often limits substance to what the past emphasized. Why not use our own words? Why not let "dead generations" rest in peace?>

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). New Beijing airport expected to handle 2.8 mln passenger trips during Spring Festival travel rush. ecns.cn The passenger throughput of the Beijing Daxing International Airport is expected to reach 2.8 million during the Spring Festival travel rush that started Monday, said the airport sources.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Starmer and Corbyn try to prop up UK government as Johnson flounders. wsws.org Labour's contortions excusing their refusal to call a vote of no confidence are a cover for the party's real agenda—preventing a popular struggle against the hated Johnson government.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). No 'countercurrents' could stop trend of economic globalization: Xi. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday that no "countercurrents" could stop the trend of economic globalization.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Let sunshine of hope light up future of humanity: Xi. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called on the world to do everything necessary to clear the shadow of the pandemic and boost economic and social recovery and development, so that the sunshine of hope may light up the future of humanity.

Richa Chintan (2022-01-17). Cuba shows an alternative to Big Pharma hegemony through global solidarity. greenleft.org.au Cuba puts people before profits — showing the world an alternative to the monopolistic practices of Big Pharma. It promotes a public health system, state-funded research and shows global solidarity through tech transfer and vaccine delivery to developing countries, writes Richa Chintan.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Xi stresses both ecological conservation and economic growth. ecns.cn China should never grow the economy at the cost of resource depletion and environmental degradation, nor should the country sacrifice growth to protect the environment, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday.

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2022-01-17). Two explosions hit Karrada area of Baghdad (+VIDEO). en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 17 (MNA) — Iraqi news sources reported that two explosions took place in the Karrada area of Baghdad, injuring two people.

sputniknews (2022-01-17). India to Deploy First S-400 Missile Defense System Unit by April, Reports Say. sputniknews.com NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – India has launched a deployment of the first regiment of S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile defence system, with the first unit to begin operation in April, media reported on Monday.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Omicron wave in Germany leads to massive increase in infections. wsws.org Despite a massive spread of the virus, the German government is continuing the "profits before lives" policy that has already led to more than 115,000 dead.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Swiss snowboarders expect Beijing 2022 to be safe and great. ecns.cn Two of Switzerland's best snowboarders to compete in the Beijing Winter Olympics said they had high hopes for medals as well as faith in China's organization and COVID-19 safety measures during the Games.

Michelle Begue (2022-01-17). Violence continues to disrupt Colombia. america.cgtn.com Colombia is home to the world's third largest internally displaced population after Congo and Syria. Five years after the peace deal to end the armed conflict between the government and the oldest rebel group in Latin America, violence continues disrupt to Colombia. CGTN Correspondent …

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). China's surveyed urban unemployment rate drops in 2021. ecns.cn China's job market remained generally stable in 2021, with the surveyed urban unemployment rate standing at 5.1 percent, 0.5 percentage points lower than the same period in the previous year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Monday.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). China's development to benefit people more substantially, equitably: Xi. ecns.cn China's development gains will benefit all its people in a more substantial and equitable way, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday.

Binoy Kampmark (2022-01-17). Dangerous Precedents and Hypothetical Threats: The Deportation of Novak Djokovic. dissidentvoice.org Australia's treatment of Novak Djokovic, the tennis world number one, has been revelatory. Unintentionally, this has exposed the seedier, arbitrary and inconsistent nature of Australia's border policies. The approval by the Australian Federal Court of the Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's decision to re-cancel the prominent Serb's visa left the country a heaving precedent that will …

PART (2022-01-17). Thursday 1/20: 'My Mother's Experience': Author Toby Asai Loftus on WWII Japanese American Incarceration. indybay.org Online event…

Staff (2022-01-17). China's birth rate drops to record low. rt.com The number plummeted for a fifth consecutive year | Mainland China's birth rate dropped to a record low in 2021, continuing a downward trend that prompted Beijing to allow couples to have up to three children, amending its long-running one-child policy. | China's National Bureau of Statistics recorded 10.62 million births, or only 7.5 births per 1,000 people, last year — the lowest birth rate since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. | The number of births barely outnumbered deaths, with the natural growth only 0.034%, a low not reached since 1960 when the great famine killed tens of m…

Staff (2022-01-17). IRGC Quds Force cmdr. visits Iraq's Najaf, Karbala. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 17 (MNA) — The IRGC Quds Force commander Esmaeil Ghaani traveled to Najaf city in central Iraq on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). China to roll out plans for archaeological work in 14th Five-Year Plan period. ecns.cn China in 2022 will roll out and implement plans for archaeological work in the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), said an official at a national conference held Monday.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Highlights of Special Address by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2022 World Economic Forum Virtual Session. ecns.cn

Staff (2022-01-17). Servicio de Paquetería Internacional: øPor dónde le entra el agua al envío? (+Fotos). cubadebate.cu Milena cree que "ya estamos en las mismas" al referirse a las entregas de la paquetería internacional "se le prestó mucha atención y prioridad en un momento determinado, pero ahora no sucede nada". Desde septiembre del 2021 unos familiares en Canadá le mandaron un paquete con artículos para su hijo que en aquel momento no había nacido.

_____ (2022-01-17). Challenge for World Peace… the United States and NATO Are Incapable of Disarming Cold War Mentality. strategic-culture.org Russia will have to be on guard and use counter-force to prevent any reckless offensive conduct by the United States and its European minions. | The dangerous tensions that have escalated between the United States, NATO and Russia pose a grave threat to world peace. It's important to remember that the series of high-level talks convened this week in three European cities was initiated by Russia. Moscow put forward stern proposals for a clearer security arrangement in Europe between the U.S.-led NATO military bloc and Russia. | Those proposals include no further eastward expansion of NATO and a rollback of forces…

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2022-01-17). Tonga calls for urgent aid after volcanic eruption, tsunami. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 17 (MNA) — Tonga is calling for "immediate aid", with an urgent need for fresh water and food, as it assesses the damage caused by Saturday's eruption of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Xi calls for int'l solidarity, cooperation amid global crisis. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called for solidarity and cooperation of the international community amid a global crisis, saying that "small boats may not survive a storm, but a giant ship is strong enough to brave a storm."

Nihonmachi Outreach Committee of San Jose (2022-01-17). Saturday 2/19: San Jose Day of Remembrance: 80th Anniversary EO 9066 WWII Japanese American Incarceration. indybay.org Virtual/online remembrance program…

WSWS (2022-01-17). Doctor discusses desperate situation at Sri Lankan COVID-19 treatment hospital. wsws.org "Health workers held protests demanding a lockdown, as well as more tests and health facilities. The government only declared a second lockdown because this opposition was developing." — Sri Lanka doctor…

Akio Tanaka (2022-01-17). How Pacifica Claimed a Dubious Victory. indybay.org Pacifica Counsel overruled the democratic vote of the members.

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2022-01-17). Front pages of Iran's English dailies on January 17. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 17 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran's English language dailies on Monday, January 17.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). China's retail sales top 44 trln yuan in 2021. ecns.cn China's retail sales of consumer goods, a major indicator of consumption growth, hit 44.08 trillion yuan (about 6.93 trillion U.S.Sales of consumer goods rose 12.5 percent year on year in 2021, NBS data showed, putting the average annual growth for the past two years at 3.9 percent.

AAUW of Los Altos (2022-01-17). Saturday 1/22: Roe v Wade 49th Anniversary Rally w/ American Association of University Women. indybay.org Virtual event – join from anywhere…

Labor Video Project (2022-01-17). Journalists Under Attack,The CA Shield Act & The Cases Of Brian Carmody & Jeremy Portje. indybay.org David Snyder, the executive director of the First Amendment Coalition talks about the cases of independent journalists Bryan Carmody and Jeremy Portje who have both been illegally assaulted by police and had their equipment seized despite the California Shield Act which is supposed to protect them. He also discusses the judges who have issued warrants to take this action.

Mike V Kinney (2022-01-17). Remembering: GAIL BERKLEY- Editor of Post News Group. indybay.org The passing of a great African-American news editor-Gail Berkley of the Oakland, CA. Post News Group…

WSWS (2022-01-17). Redondo Beach, California high school students walk out amid mass COVID-19 infections. wsws.org Redondo Union High School senior Michael Lee-Chang spoke with the WSWS on the students' courageous actions and the deepening spread of COVID-19 within schools.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2022-01-17). How Scholars Are Countering Well-Funded Attacks on Critical Race Theory. zcomm.org There is a long history of right-wing forces fighting against progressive educational curricula. Now, scholars like Robin D. G. Kelley are working to level the playing field against the moneyed political interests behind the attacks…

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Chinese President Xi Jinping Speaks on First Day of Davos 2022 Virtual Event Agenda. sputniknews.com The World Economic Forum (WEF) will hold the Davos Agenda virtual event from 17-21 January, during which heads of state and government, CEOs and other leaders will discuss critical challenges facing the world today.

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Netanyahu Mulls Plea Bargain But What Will it Mean for Israel's Political Scene? sputniknews.com According to reports, the former prime minister would evade a prison if a plea bargain ends up being reached. For now, the main friction revolves around the charge of moral turpitude, an official declaration that would bar the 72-year old leader from politics for the next seven years.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Omicron's surge through rural America will take a terrible toll. wsws.org The number of people admitted for COVID-19 remains at record highs. The surge of infections has begun to move into rural America, where the completely unprepared health care systems face calamity.

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Major Snowstorm Hits US East Coast – Photo, Video. sputniknews.com The storm, which brought a combination of snow, rain, high winds and ice, is moving northward from the southeastern United States.

Deliver For Voting Rights (2022-01-16). Monday 1/17: MLK Day Peace Walk for Voting Rights in Washington D.C. w/ King Family (livestream). indybay.org Livestream of D.C. Voting Rights Event (recording to be available)…

Indivisible groups (2022-01-16). Monday 1/17: Voting Rights Now! MLK Holiday Virtual Action Rally w/ Indivisible. indybay.org Virtual rally and online actions for voting rights…

Lynda Carson (2022-01-16). The Oath Keepers unfolding demise. indybay.org Mugshot of Elmer Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers:…

Norman Solomon (2022-01-16). Ominous History in Real Time: Where We Are Now in the USA. indybay.org Choking on corporate power…

New Atlas (2022-01-16). Kazakhstan Chaos: An Opportunity, But for Who? newatlas.report January 17, 2022 (Brian Berletic — NEO) — Kazakhstan has suffered severe nationwide violence allegedly prompted by fuel price concerns. However, it quickly became clear that it was instead actually foreign-sponsored destabilization which was, at best, using legitimate public concerns as cover for attempted regime change. A Russian-led deployment of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) …

Kamal Iranidoost (2022-01-16). Dual national Adelkhah retuned to prison for violating rules. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — Secretary of Iranian Judiciary's Human Rights Council has said Iranian-French citizen Fariba Adelkhah has been jailed again after violating the limits of house arrest many times.

ecns.cn (2022-01-16). China, Iran jointly announce implementation of bilateral comprehensive cooperation plan. ecns.cn Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks on Friday with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu Province.

Kamal Iranidoost (2022-01-16). It is up to Yemeni people to decide on their country's future. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — A senior Iranian diplomat said Sun. that the people of Yemen will make the final decision on their country's future, adding that the lifting of the oppressive blockade could trigger a political settlement in the country.

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2022-01-16). Implementing 25-yr Iran-China deal deadline for Vienna talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — Chairman of Iran-China Parliamentary Friendship Group said that implementation of a 25-year agreement between Iran and China is a deadline for the West in talks with Iran to decide on removing anti-Iranian sanctions ASAP.

Staff (2022-01-16). Parl. to support Iran-Russia strategic bilateral relations. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — Referring to President Raeisi's imminent visit to Russia, a member of the Iranian Parliament said that the Parliament will support strategic bilateral relations between Iran and Russia.

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2022-01-16). Iranian delegation to visit Iraq for economic talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — An Iranian economic delegation will leave for Iraq on Monday to discuss the expansion of cooperation in various fields.

Kamal Iranidoost (2022-01-16). Bodies of 2 Holy Defense martyrs buried in interior ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — The remnants of the corpses of the two Iranian soldiers who were martyred during the Holy Defense against the Saddam regime whose identities are still unknown were buried at the Interior Ministery compound on Sunday.

teleSUR, JDO (2022-01-16). Rusia reclama a Occidente responder a propuestas de seguridad. telesurtv.net Portavoz del Kremlin valora como muy peligrosas las tensiones generadas por la militarización de Ucrania y la expansión de la OTAN.

Kamal Iranidoost (2022-01-16). Iran plans to extensively expand exports to China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Mehdi Safari said an Uzbek delegation will visit Iran's Chabahar port, adding that Tehran is planning to extensively expand exports to China.

Staff (2022-01-16). Iran-Russia trade value increases by 41% in first 9 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — Iranian customs administration said that Iran-Russia trade in the first nine months of the year 1400 in the Iranian calendar has increased by 12% in weight and 41% in value compared to the same period last year.

Staff (2022-01-16). World Bank says Iran economy grew by 3.1% in 2021. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — The World Bank says in its latest report that the Iranian economy grew by 3.1% in 2021 while it had previously predicted that the economy would grow by 2.5%.

Kamal Iranidoost (2022-01-16). Ministries in talks with Chinese to implement 25-year deal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — The Iranian economy minister said Sunday that Iranian ministries are negotiating with the Chinese side to reach shared deals to implement the 25-year strategic partnership signed between two nations last year.

Staff (2022-01-16). Pres. Raeisi to meet Russian counterpart in Moscow next week. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — A Russian source announced that the Iranian President is going to pay a visit to Russia next week to meet and hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Rick Rozoff (2022-01-16). Official: Ukraine absolutely ready to join NATO. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Yermak: Ukraine absolutely ready to become NATO member Ukraine has proved its stance and principled approach…and is ready to join NATO. "I think now is the time to have a very honest, full-fledged, transparent conversation with Ukraine about our NATO prospects," Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak said during an online conversation organized by …

Staff (2022-01-16). US official threatens Russia with 'sharp pain' inflicted 'very fast'. rt.com Top American diplomat promises swift response should Moscow 'invade' Ukraine in 'any form' | The US has some 18 "different scenarios" up its sleeve to react to any form of Russian attack on Ukraine, leading official Victoria Nuland has warned, promising to inflict "sharp pain" on Moscow should it make such a move. | Nuland, who currently serves as undersecretary of state for political affairs in President Joe Biden's government, made the thinly veiled threat in an interview with the Financial Times published on Saturday. | "I'm not going to preview 18 different scenarios … I would simply say that our…

Ajamu Baraka (2022-01-16). What does it have to do with Black folks? mronline.org The worldview of liberals usually ends at the borders of the U.S. settler-state until they are mobilized by the oligarchy to provide ideological cover for the latest imperialist intrigue. This is as true for the liberal Black "misleadership" class as it is for Euro-American liberals.

sputniknews (2022-01-16). Peskov Says 'There's Too Much Tension' on Russia's Border With Ukraine. sputniknews.com Moscow has repeatedly rejected media reports in the West alleging that Russia was planning to "invade" Ukraine. The Kremlin underscores that it can relocate its troops within its own territory, while NATO's military activity near Russia's borders poses a threat to its security.

Staff (2022-01-16). Tanks in European streets explained by Russia. rt.com Armored vehicles were pictured rolling through the streets of a Swedish town as the military cited 'tensions' between Russia and Ukraine | Sweden has moved to ramp up security on the largest Baltic Sea island of Gotland with a view to "adapting" its security strategy to the "tense situation" on the Russian-Ukrainian border, located some 1,700km southeast. | Residents of the sleepy town of Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland awoke to the sound of heavy military hardware roaring through the streets on Saturday. The Swedish Army's Stridsfordon 90 infantry fighting vehicles had arrived overnight to secure the t…

Rick Rozoff (2022-01-16). Finland and Sweden are NATO's closest partners, could join overnight: former alliance chief. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ex-Nato secretary general: "Finland and Sweden could become members overnight" In an interview with Yle published on Saturday, former Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed this past week's series of talks between Russian, European and US officials aimed at de-escalating tensions surrounding Ukraine "In practice, Russia is demanding a veto over Nato enlargement. The …

Rick Rozoff (2022-01-16). U.S., EU, NATO coordinate Ukraine war strategy. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Blinken, Borrell discuss NATO's respond to troop buildup near Ukraine US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had a telephone conversation with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell regarding the situation with the Russian troops near the borders of Ukraine. This was announced by press secretary Ned Price, the press service …

Dancing in the Street Out in Front (2022-01-16). Whole Foods Protest on Bezos' Birthday. indybay.org On a national day of action to Support Amazon Workers, Raging Grannies, Vigil for Democracy, and Dance of Peace protested in the street in front of Whole Foods in Palo Alto.

Staff (2022-01-16). Thousands protest against tougher Covid rules in France (VIDEO). rt.com Protesters marched against the vaccine pass and tighter Covid restrictions in Paris | More than 50,000 people protested against stricter Covid-19 measures in France on Saturday, as the upper house of parliament approved a bill introducing a vaccine pass. | Around 54,000 people protested across the country, including 7,000 who marched in the capital, according to the Interior Ministry. | Some held banners that read "Freedom" and "Democracy in danger." | "I'm against the vaccine pass. I'm against mass vaccination — everyone must be free to choose," a protester in Paris told Ruptly video agency. | Others sho…

End Citzens United & Let America Vote (2022-01-16). Tuesday 1/18: Freedom to Vote: Phone Banking for Voting Rights w/ End Citizens United & Let America Vote. indybay.org Online/virtual action for voting rights…

Diversity, Equity,, Inclusion GRCC (2022-01-16). Tuesday 2/15: Voting Rights Speaker: Activist LaTosha Brown, Black Voters Matter. indybay.org Online event…

Indivisible groups (2022-01-16). Sunday 1/16: Voting Rights Now! MLK Weekend Virtual Action Rally w/ Indivisible. indybay.org Virtual rally and online actions for voting rights…

Balihar Sanghera (2022-01-16). Rentier capitalism and class warfare in Kazakhstan. zcomm.org Blame 'free' market reforms that benefit the rich and powerful at the expense of the working class for the country's recent protests…

Tamara Nassar (2022-01-16). Arab authors boycott Emirates festival hosting Israeli. electronicintifada.net Palestinians condemn "desperate" attempt to force normalization with their oppressors.

_____ (2022-01-16). 15,000 Pounds Of Powdered Milk Delivered To Cuba. popularresistance.org On January 15, 2022, the organizations Puentes de Amor, The People's Forum and CODEPINK are sending a cargo plane loaded with 15,000 pounds of powdered milk from Miami to Cuba. Representatives of the organizations are traveling to Cuba with the shipment. The aid will be received by the Martin Luther King Center in Havana. It will be distributed to pediatric hospitals in Havana. | Since the pandemic and the disruption of food supplies it has caused, there has been a shortage of powdered milk in Cuba, which is normally given out by the state—for free—to children, pregnant women, the elderly and people w…

_____ (2022-01-16). Canada Should Strip Charitable Status From Groups Funding The Israeli Army. popularresistance.org Canada Revenue Agency rules state that "supporting the armed forces of another country is not" charitable. Yet newly released files confirm that the Canadian Zionist Cultural Association (CZCA), a registered charity based in Toronto, supports the Israeli military. | In July, a formal legal complaint was submitted by Canadian-Palestinian activist Khaled Mouammar and Rabbi David Mivasair to the CRA detailing CZCA's support for the Israeli military. At the time more than 1,800 people emailed the CRA to call for an investigation into the charity, which raised over $3 million in 2019. Through tax receipts for individu…

_____ (2022-01-16). Freedom To Stay, Freedom To Move: An Interview With Harsha Walia. popularresistance.org Harsha Walia has been involved in anti-colonial and anti-capitalist migrant justice movements for the past two decades. Her first book, Undoing Border Imperialism, offered a movement analysis of the foundational connections between migration, borders and imperialism, with insights into the grassroots organizing her work comes out of. Building on this, her latest work, Border and Rule offers a crucial resource for going beyond nation-based thinking about border regimes around the world and building an internationalist movement for their abolition. | In Border and Rule, Walia avoids comparisons of one border regime…

_____ (2022-01-16). Meet The Real Hunter S. Thompson. popularresistance.org Hunter S. Thompson, the co-founder of Gonzo journalism best known for his book "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," is a legend in American letters. His reporting for Rolling Stone, in which he developed the subgenre of New Journalism that later became known as Gonzo because of his willingness to insert himself into the stories he was reporting, is studied in journalism schools across the country. | Other significant works by Thompson include his early iconic piece "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved," as well as "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72," a collection of his Rolling Stone coverage of Ri…

_____ (2022-01-16). New York's Eviction Moratorium Ends Today. popularresistance.org New York's pandemic eviction moratorium expires today; it began in March 2020 when then-governor Andrew Cuomo ordered a temporary ban on eviction proceedings in response to eviction protests and calls for action to protect tenants. Hundreds of thousands of households across the state owe back rent and now face eviction. Forty-one percent of these households include children, and 72 percent of the affected renters are people of color. According to the Eviction Lab at Princeton University, there have been 81,530 eviction filings in New York City alone since March 2020. Many are now set to proceed amidst a new Covid…

_____ (2022-01-16). On Contact: 'Foregone' — The Power Of Fiction. popularresistance.org Russell Banks in books such as 'Continental Drift', 'Affliction' and 'The Sweet Hereafter' has long chronicled the struggles and inner torment that come with being a member of our dispossessed working class. In his new novel, 'Foregone', he turns his lens on the inner life of artists, in this case a well-known documentary filmmaker Leonard Fife. Fife, who fled to Canada, supposedly to avoid the draft, is dying from the ravages of cancer. He is confined to a wheelchair, wracked by pain, pumped full of medications, and unable to eat solid food. His final desire, in front of a camera, is to expose to his wife of 40…

_____ (2022-01-16). Public Health Professionals Must Demand An End To Weaponized Drones. popularresistance.org On January 13, 2017, a family including a husband, wife and three small children scurried from building to building in East Mosul, Iraq. They were seeking refuge as a battle between ISIS (also known as Daesh) and U.S.-backed forces swirled around them. The family was huddled in an abandoned school surrounded by other civilians when a U.S.-operated drone struck and destroyed the structure. The father and one of his sons narrowly escaped with their lives. The tragic fate of his wife and other children would not be confirmed until months later when he watched as their bodies were excavated from the rubble. | This ac…

_____ (2022-01-16). 'Smoking Gun' Analysis: US Sanctions Produce 'War Time' Economy. popularresistance.org Red Lines Host Anya Parampil Speaks With Francisco R. Rodríguez, The Executive Of Oil For Venezuela, About A Study He Recently Published Which Analyzed The Impact Of US Sanctions On Venezuela's Economy. | Rodríguez shares data which prove sanctions have directly contributed to a major economic contraction in Venezuela, driven mainly by a significant drop in the country's oil production as a result of the measures. Rodríguez also addresses common arguments made by individuals who seek to obscure the impact US sanctions have had on Venezuela's economy. Read the study: sanctionsandsecurity.org/publications/s

Dean Baker (2022-01-16). Why Pay Less? The US Strategy for Vaccinating the World. cepr.net The obvious route for going from the current system to an open-source system would be to take small steps with little downside risk. This is exactly what Peter Hotez and his team of researchers did.

In Defense of Liberation! (2022-01-16). We Need to Build, Join, and Connect Internationalist Organizations, Today! anchor.fm In this episode I go over the importance of developing and connecting struggles all across the world. There are already ongoing resistance struggles, national liberation struggles, and other fights for freedom. We need to find ways to join, support one another, aid in the success of one another, and build solidarity together. We need a mass movement, now, and it's not gonna come out of thin air. We have to build it ourselves. Long live the People's revolution!

Kameron Damaska, Christin Li (2022-01-16). Starbucks workers hold unionization drive at Cleveland shop. liberationnews.org "If you have each others' backs there is nothing that Starbucks can do to stop you."

Misión Verdad (2022-01-16). An In-Depth Analysis of the Barinas Elections. orinocotribune.com According to a National Electoral Council (CNE) bulletin issued at 11: 20 p.m. on election night (January 9) in Barinas, Venezuela, Sergio Garrido obtained 172,497 votes (55.36% of the total vote count), while Jorge Arreaza, candidate of the Great Patriotic Pole and United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) obtained 128,583 votes (41.27%). | Another opponent, Claudio Fermín received 5,528 votes (1.6%). General voter turnout was 51.8%. | Thus, regarding the result of this election, it is important to specify some key points. | 1. The Preceding Inertia | In strictly mathematical terms, by combining the opposition v…

teleSUR, mcs, JGN (2022-01-16). Suspenden estado de advertencia por tsunami en Puerto Ayora, Ecuador. telesurtv.net Las autoridades indican que se debe mantener en observación la costa continental del país tras la erupción del volcán Humga Tonga.

Mike V Kinney (2022-01-16). Remembering: GAIL BERKLEY- Editor of Post News Group. indybay.org The passing of a great African-American news editor-Gail Berkley of the Oakland, CA. Post News Group…

Jonathan Cook (2022-01-16). Why Washington's Focus on "Credibility" is a Recipe for War. dissidentvoice.org The most pressing threat to global security right now isn't so-called "provocations" by either Russia or China. It is the United States' misplaced obsession with its own "credibility". This rallying cry by Washington officials — echoed by the media and allies in London and elsewhere — is code for allowing the US to act like …

teleSUR-mcs, JL (2022-01-16). Confirman secuestro perpetrado por hombre armado en Texas. telesurtv.net Las autoridades locales notifican que hasta este minuto se desconoce el número de rehenes presos en la congregación judía.

Scott Ritter (2022-01-16). The Case for Neutrality to Defuse Crisis With Russia. zcomm.org Faced with the certainty of the destruction of their country, most Ukrainians would settle for peace through neutrality…

teleSUR, JDO (2022-01-16). Denuncian que continúa bloqueada investigación sobre asesinato del Pdte. de Haití. telesurtv.net Aún no se ha precisado quiénes son los responsables principales del magnicidio de Jovenel Moïse, perpetrado el 7 de julio de 2021.

sputniknews (2022-01-16). Hostage Crisis at Colleyville Synagogue: What Is Known So Far? sputniknews.com The scene has remained tense for more than five hours, as the FBI is still negotiating with the gunman, who is reportedly the brother of a convicted terrorist with alleged links to al-Qaeda*.

Staff (2022-01-16). 📨 Modo Avión: Niña, øy entonces? cubadebate.cu °Hola, hola! Otra vez domingo y ya saben lo que eso implica… Modo Avión, 100 pa ¥ abajo. La canción, se la debemos, aunque viene bien un temita de Cimafunk. Busquen "Sal de lo malo", y suban el volumen, que comenzó esta descarga. La frase es más vieja que andar a pie, pero se la repetimos: "A veces lo barato sale caro", aplíquese para todo ámbito en esta vida.

Staff (2022-01-16). 📨 Modo Avión: Niña, øy entonces? cubadebate.cu °Hola, hola! Otra vez domingo y ya saben lo que eso implica… Modo Avión, 100 pa ¥ abajo. La canción, se la debemos, aunque viene bien un temita de Cimafunk. Busquen "Sal de lo malo", y suban el volumen, que comenzó esta descarga. La frase es más vieja que andar a pie, pero se la repetimos: "A veces lo barato sale caro", aplíquese para todo ámbito en esta vida.

sputniknews (2022-01-16). Microsoft Warns of Destructive Malware in Computer Systems of Ukrainian State Institutions. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The computer systems of several Ukrainian government agencies and non-profit organisations have been infected with malware disguised as ransomware, Microsoft said.

San Francisco Public Library (2022-01-16). Wednesday 1/19: Socially Responsible Investing: Funding Retirement that Benefits Worker, Nature & Society. indybay.org Online webinar…

Staff (2022-01-16). Democrat group hides comments accusing Nike of slave labor after praising company. rt.com Occupy Democrats scrubbed its page of references to slave labor and child workers after celebrating Nike's decision to threaten unvaccinated employees with dismissal | Occupy Democrats, a popular left-wing political advocacy group which supports the US Democratic Party, was caught hiding comments expressing concern about slave labor after it praised sportswear company Nike. | The group praised Nike on social media after the multi-billion-dollar company threatened to fire employees who remained unvaccinated against Covid-19. | "Nike sends a defiant letter to its remaining unvaccinated employees that they will b…

Todd Steiner (2022-01-16). New Marine Reserve Will Protect Highly Migratory and Endangered Species in Galapagos. indybay.org Ecuador will have a new marine reserve to increase the protection of marine endangered species in Galapagos. Of the new area, no fishing activity will be allowed in 30,000 square kilometers. The other 30,000 square kilometers will exclude longline fishing.

ecns.cn (2022-01-16). Kenyans to start using Chinese-built expressway in March: official. ecns.cn Kenyans will begin using the Chinese-built Nairobi expressway in March, three months earlier than anticipated, an official said on Friday.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2022-01-16). Mèxico_Chiapas: Familias zapatistas resisten, denuncian y convocan a la solidaridad. indybay.org Mèxico_Chiapas: Familias zapatistas resisten, denuncian y convocan a la solidaridad | Solidaridad sin fronteras con las luchas compañeras!

Jonathan Cook (2022-01-16). Why Washington's Focus on "Credibility" is a Recipe for War. dissidentvoice.org The most pressing threat to global security right now isn't so-called "provocations" by either Russia or China. It is the United States' misplaced obsession with its own "credibility". This rallying cry by Washington officials — echoed by the media and allies in London and elsewhere — is code for allowing the US to act like …

Sharon Zhang (2022-01-16). Warren Demands Private Equity-Backed Firms Answer for Role in Rising Rent Prices. zcomm.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren is demanding answers from housing corporations with backing from private equity, who she says are involved in inflating housing prices for both renters and buyers.

Rick Rozoff (2022-01-16). Sweden mobilizing for war? antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The first story is from Sputnik, though it reads as a NATO press release. The second is from Reuters. Tanks on European streets due to 'Russian threat' Sweden has moved to ramp up security on the largest Baltic Sea island of Gotland with a view to "adapting" its security strategy to the "tense situation" on …

David Suzuki (2022-01-16). Rest Is Important, but Corporate Polluters Want Us to Stay Distracted. zcomm.org It's hard to take on systems, but until we do, they'll continue to grind up nature and spit out profit where rivers, forests and meadows once stood…

sputniknews (2022-01-16). UK Labour Leader Starmer on 'Partygate': 'I Think PM Johnson Broke the Law'. sputniknews.com UK PM Boris Johnson is currently under fire over what has already been named "partygate": a series of alleged parties that took place on Downing Street at a time when the United Kingdom was under strict coronavirus restrictions.

Staff (2022-01-16). Russia considers kicking out rowdy foreigners. rt.com Non-citizens found guilty of serious violations of Russian law could be booted out if the plan goes ahead | Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs is looking into the possibility of expelling foreigners from the country if they commit gross administrative breaches, the head of the national migration department has revealed. | Speaking as part of an interview with Interfax, published on Thursday, Valentina Kazakova said that the ministry "continues to work on improving the mechanisms of control over the stay of foreign nationals in Russia." | The official said consideration is underway for revising the rules to…

Casper Busse (2022-01-16). Those who benefit from Corona should pay too. indybay.org It's a dangerous trend for a society that is already tending to drift apart and where tensions could become ever greater: Corona has caused the differences between rich and poor to grow, even in Germany. Those who have anyway will become richer in the pandemic. For those who have to struggle, it will be even harder.

Prabhat Patnaik (2022-01-16). Financial Markets under capitalism. mronline.org One of the most important arguments advanced by John Maynard Keynes, the renowned economist, was that the operation of financial markets under capitalism is deeply flawed.

Staff (2022-01-16). Thousands protest over Europe's first mandatory vaccine plan. rt.com The Austrian government's plan to make vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory has sparked mass protests | Thousands of Austrians took to the streets of Vienna to protest against an upcoming parliamentary vote to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory, with demonstrators calling for the government to be replaced. | Protesters carried Austrian flags through the streets on Saturday as police in riot gear could be seen standing in a line nearby. "Face your guilt and turn back!" one banner read, while others accused Austria's right-wing ruling party — the Austrian People's Party (OVP) — of splitting the nation…

ecns.cn (2022-01-16). One third of small U.S. firms see sales drop amid surging Omicron cases. ecns.cn Thirty-three percent of small firms in the United States have reported revenue decreases in the week ended Jan. 9 due to the surge of Omicron cases, the highest since February last year, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing the U.S. Census Small Business Pulse Survey.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-16). The Settler Blindness to the U.S. Empire's Internal Violence. libya360.wordpress.com Rainer Shea Settler-colonialism creates a blindness among the colonizers. There's a disconnect between what settlers see, and what's actually happening in their surroundings. This can be the case even for settlers who consider themselves sufficiently educated on white supremacy. The colonial contradiction on this continent—and therefore the class contradiction that proletarians of all colors have…

Walden Bello (2022-01-16). Bin Laden and Trump: Two Bookends to America's Imperial Decline. zcomm.org What we can learn from the 20 years between the 9/11 attacks and the January 6 coup attempt…

ecns.cn (2022-01-16). World expects 'truce' during Winter Games. ecns.cn The world expects all members of the United Nations to fulfill their obligations and observe the truce resolution adopted for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a daily news conference on Friday.

Staff (2022-01-16). Explosion in Kabul leaves several dead, injured. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — According to the media reports, a blast hit the capital of Afghanistan, leaving several dead and injured.

Leon Kunstenaar (2022-01-16). Monday 1/17: Civil Rights Through Art and Music w/ MoAD. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2022-01-16). Picturesque of Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan. en.mehrnews.com ISFAHAN, Jan. 17 (MNA) — Naghsh-e Jahan Square is one of the oldest squares in Isfahan province and one of the most beautiful monuments registered in UNESCO World Heritage List.

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